What is the diff between a RN, medical assistant and a LPN?

I want to do things like take pregnant womens blood pressure and check up on them after they gave birth in the hospital.. i am in school and am thinking about doing the LPN program.. but what is the diff between RN medical assistance and LPN?

Asked By: lordzdiamond - 6/30/2009
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LPNs and MAs are very similar, but LPNs are trained under the nursing theory of care, and are more medically trained, while MAs are often more medical clinic / medical office trained and sometimes perform less direct roles in patient care. Both can perform limited assessments on patients like taking vital signs... More
Answered By: Jill - 6/30/2009
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The amount of pay will me the #1 difference. Also, lower-rung nurses like LPNs are the ones that get stuck with the "dirty work" like changing bedpans and relatively unskilled grunt work like that.
Answered By: SeekerOfKnowledge - 6/30/2009
A RN is the highest level within all of these careers that you have listed. They are responsible for providing excellent patient care through means of following doctors and specialists orders. They will set out the plan, and usually the charge nurse is either this level or a nursing practitioner. Some duties that they... More
Answered By: mtwaites - 6/30/2009
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